One of the biggest benefits and reasons sportsmen love to hunt is the delicious, hard-earned elk meat they get to enjoy.
While elk meat may not be as common as beef, bison, or venison, it’s becoming more popular and recognized for its savory flavor, tender texture, sustainability, and clean and heart-healthy benefits. It’s definitely a meat that is worth adding to your diet, or maybe even swapping!
Below you’ll find five reasons why you should incorporate elk meat into your diet.
Reasons Why You Should Add Elk Meat to Your Diet
Here are a handful of the many reasons why you and your family should eat elk meat:
- LOW FAT, LOW CHOLESTEROL — Animals with tightly active lifestyles and a clean, natural diet will almost always produce leaner meat than what you can buy at the local grocery or butcher. Elk meat has a lot less fat than beef and is richer in Omega 3, CLA, and other necessary good fats. These factors can play a role in weight loss, cardiovascular health, and improved muscle mass.
- GOOD SOURCE OF PROTEIN — In addition to being low fat, elk meat is high in protein and is a good source of vitamins and minerals our bodies need. You can enjoy more protein and vitamins and minerals like B12, iron, zinc, niacin, phosphorus, thiamine, and riboflavin from an average cut of elk than you could from chicken, lamb, or beef. This nutritious bite helps lower the risk of heart disease, boosts your immune system, and can improve your overall health.
- ELK MEAT IS SUSTAINABLE — Generally speaking, elk are not farmed the same way cow are farmed. Elk live a free-range lifestyle in open fields and woodlands, don’t require shelter, and eat an all-natural diet consisting of grass, leaves, bark, and herbs. Elk meat is free of steroids, antibiotics, and hormones. Bringing a natural, unadulterated meat indoor diet means supporting a sustainable food system.
- VERSATILE PREPARATIONS AND COOKING METHODS — Elk meat is available in a variety of cuts and can be prepared in countless ways, whether you enjoy a flank steak, rack of ribs, loin chops, ground meat, sausages, or jerky. You can substitute elk meat for beef in most recipes without trouble; just adjust your heat and cooking time since it’s leaner and cooks faster.
- GREAT FLAVOR — Of course, none of this would matter if elk didn’t have a great flavor! Thankfully, elk meat tastes as good as it is healthy! Some suggest that it’s better than beef, with its clean, sweet, and pronounced flavor—much less gamey than venison. Thanks to its tender texture, elk meat doesn’t require much marinating, if any at all!
Contact R & K Hunting Company
If you want to add elk meat to your diet, there’s no better way than to harvest the animal yourself with the experts at R & K Hunting Company.
Our exciting hunting trips include lodging, chef-prepared meals, knowledgeable personal guides, and some of the best hunting habitats on the planet. We are dedicated to providing long-lasting memories that are almost as exciting looking back on as when you were actually experiencing them. Contact our team today and let our experienced team put together a thrilling Rocky Mountain adventure for you in Utah or Wyoming.